UTair-Ukraine Increases Boeing 737-800 Fleet

KIEV, Ukraine -- UTair-Ukraine, Russia’s UTair Airlines subsidiary, has taken delivery of its third Boeing 737-800.

It will replace one Boeing 737-400, which will be returned to International Lease Finance Corp. this month.

This year, UTair-Ukraine plans to double the number of passengers, increasing traffic from nearly 500,000 in 2012 to one million in 2013.

According to Ukraine’s aviation authorities, total airline traffic in the country fell 19.3% during the first three months of 2013 compared to the year-ago period.

However, UTair-Ukraine passenger numbers have been increasing despite the trend.

Earlier this spring, UTair delivered three Bombardier CRJ200s to its Ukrainian subsidiary to cope with growing traffic.

The carrier’s fleet also includes five ATR 72s and -42s, though UTair-Ukraine operates only two -42s.

CEO Yury Blazhenkov said the ATR 42s’ considerable age make their operations inefficient.

UTair-Ukraine uses Boeing 737-800s mostly on leisure routes connecting Ukraine with Turkey and Egypt, while other types operate flights on domestic routes and between Ukraine and Russia.

Source: Air Transport World